Get ready for 27 For Freedom 2016

14:27 PM (9 Hours ago) Events
Almost 26 years ago, Nelson Mandela walked out of prison and led South Africa into peaceful negotiations. On Saturday, 13 February, 27 For Freedom are inviting South Africans to walk in the footsteps of Madiba to pay homage to his contribution in leading the country. 

Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism entries close this February

13:28 PM (10 Hours ago) Awards
Journalists have just less than one month remaining to submit their entries to the 2015 Sanlam Awards for Excellence in Financial Journalism. Entries will close at Midnight on Monday, 29 February. 

theSalt brings influencer marketing to life

12:56 PM (11 Hours ago) Marketing Profile
The rise of digital and social media has given consumers a voice, and brands have slowly lost the control of conversations that they were once able to sculpt using traditional advertising, especially around quality of products or experiences.

Al Jazeera to screen award-winning documentary on whale hunting in the Faroe Islands

12:49 PM (11 Hours ago) Media News
The Archipelago, an award-winning documentary about whale hunting in the Faroe Islands, screens on Al Jazeera English, channel 406 on DStv on Wednesday, 17 February at 18:30.

Why you need to enter the 2016 PRISM Awards

11:35 AM (12 Hours ago) Awards
Whether you’re a large or small public relations consultancy, a corporate, a government organisation, an NGO or a one-person public relations practitioner, winning a PRISM Award is a serious game-changer - on a business, professional and personal level. 

Trend Report: #PayBackTheMoney, #Besties and life before Facebook

10:51 AM (13 Hours ago) Trending
It’s been fairly quiet on social media this week. By quiet, we mean there haven’t been any major Twitter storms to avoid or Facebook meltdowns to watch. That being said, we’ve still been able to pinpoint a few gems on social media.

marcusbrewster welcomes the return of Adam Hunter

10:44 AM (13 Hours ago) New Appointments
Top South African PR firm, marcusbrewster, has appointed Adam Hunter as senior account director. Hunter will be based in the Cape Town head office. 

Let's keep design simple

10:40 AM (13 Hours ago) Interviews
Earlier this month, advertising agency Grey put out its Grey Trends 2016 report, covering a wide range of topics affecting the advertising and marketing industry. Media Update caught up with Grey graphic design head, Kean Hartnardy, to find out his thoughts on his contribution, "Let's keep design simple".

Gogglebox is coming to South Africa in March

10:36 AM (13 Hours ago) Media News
A number of specially selected South African households look set to become the country’s latest reality stars when Gogglebox South Africa premieres on Thursday, 3 March at 21:00 on the Sony, channel 127 on DStv. 

Grey Africa announces staff promotions

10:02 AM (14 Hours ago) People on the Move
Grey Africa has announced the permanent appointments of two client service interns, Mondli Mngomezulu and Danielle Senekal who have successfully completed the company’s internship programme. 

Employees, employers and social media

8:42 AM (15 Hours ago) Editorial Desk
The Gareth Cliff affair has once again highlighted the grey area between an individual’s right to express themselves on social media, and their employer’s right to protect their image. It’s the prerogative of both the employer and the employee to navigate this sphere with due consideration for the other’s needs.

Magna Carta opens up Zimbabwe office

16:14 PM (Yesterday) Publicity News
Magna Carta is bolstering its existing African network with the opening of an office in Harare, bringing to the country a consultancy that will offer local and multi-national companies in Zimbabwe access to a broad range of reputation management services. 

Marketing books, SA style

16:06 PM (Yesterday) Editorial Desk
Book marketing may seem like a strange concept to some. After all, unlike at the cinema, there aren’t sneak peeks into other books before you read the one you’ve paid for. But a lot of thought and planning goes into marketing each individual title to ensure that it effectively reaches its audience. 

Al Jazeera audio service app allows them to reach new audiences

15:10 PM (Yesterday) Media News
Al Jazeera Media Network has launched a new audio web app that will give users in low-bandwidth regions access to a live audio stream of the Al Jazeera TV broadcast on their devices. 

Triggerfish Artists short film nominated for Writers Guild Muse Award

14:51 PM (Yesterday) Awards
The Case of the Disappearing Daddy, a Triggerfish Artists short film, has been nominated in the Animation / Web Series category at The Writers’ Guild of South Africa’s third annual Muse Awards

IAB Digital Summit set to demystify digital

13:05 PM (Yesterday) Marketing News
With a line-up of industry heavyweights and personal interaction sessions with digital’s leading thinkers, the 2016 IAB Digital Summit and Bookmark Awards, hosted in Johannesburg on Thursday, 3 March, is the ticket for online marketers, publishers and agencies.

Heart FM partners with Newborns Groote Schuur Trust to save premature babies

11:34 AM (Yesterday) CSI
More than a million babies are born in South Africa every year and one in seven of those are born premature with many not making it past their first 28 days of life. 

Aqua welcomes a new head of Client Service

9:46 AM (Yesterday) People on the Move
Aqua, a leading full-service agency in South Africa and part of the Wunderman Group, has announced the appointment of Shelley Waterhouse as executive head of Client Service and a member of Aqua’s Executive Board, with immediate effect. 

Times Media welcomes Andrew Trench

9:07 AM (Yesterday) People on the Move
Times Media has announced the appointment of Andrew Trench as digital editor of TMG. Trench, currently editor-in-chief of News24, will drive the digital content strategy across the Group’s titles such as TimesLiveSowetanLive, and BDLive amongst others.

PRISMs reintroduces the Student of the Year Campaign for 2016

9:04 AM (Yesterday) Awards
Public relations graduates find it difficult to get jobs without having any experience. Industry expects more from students and graduates than just an understanding of public relations and its different functions. 

VML makes Ad Age's Agency A-list

15:46 PM (2 Days ago) Advertising News
VML recently celebrated ninth spot on the prestigious annual Ad Age Agency A-list. The Advertising Age Agency A-List is a celebration of the globes best agencies in the advertising and marketing business.

Getting to know Vibescout

15:21 PM (2 Days ago) Interviews
After four hard months of development, Vibescout, an event finder powered by Facebook was launched. Aimed at providing an easy-to-use platform to search for events based on your location, Media Update recently chatted to founder and lead developer, Paul Myburgh to find out more.

Decorex Durban: The platform for industry professionals

14:56 PM (2 Days ago) Marketing News
KwaZulu-Natal’s leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibition is the place to do business in 2016. So much so, in fact, that research proves that the vast majority of the show’s trade visitors come with the specific intention of finding new products and services.

Triggerfish: Adventures in animation

14:55 PM (2 Days ago) In Focus
At the end of a dirt road in the heart of Cape Town suburbia sits an old farmhouse. With its white-washed walls, shuttered windows and thatch roof, it’s unassuming. Inconspicuous even. However, step inside and you’ll meet a team of people behind one of the most successful film studios in South Africa. They also just happen to focus on animation. 

Twiga Communications wins the SACAP PR account

14:47 PM (2 Days ago) New Appointments
Boutique PR agency Twiga Communications was recently awarded the much sought-after South African Council for the Architectural Profession (SACAP) account. 

Jackie May joins Marie Clare as new editor

13:32 PM (2 Days ago) People on the Move
Associated Media Publishing has announced that Jackie May has joined the Marie Claire team as the new editor.

3 Steps to brand iconicity

11:54 AM (2 Days ago) Opinion
Many brands aspire to becoming iconic. However, simply creating and designing amazing products is not enough to achieve this. So says brand and marketing consultancy Added Value’s associate director, Mélanie Bonnet, and project executive, Caroline Sarkis, who say that three distinctive levels may characterise the path to reach iconicity, starting from its genesis to its final status.

SPARK Media and Red & Yellow launch 'Digital Sales Course’

10:31 AM (2 Days ago) Marketing Profile
While there are many curriculums and courses for digital media, strategy, marketing, copywriting, social media etc, none of them deal with the topic of selling the digital medium to marketers and agencies. SPARK Media, together with Red & Yellow, resolve the situation by creating a new ‘Digital Sales Course’.

SABC1 announces seventh season of iSpani

10:15 AM (2 Days ago) Entertainment
Television series iSpani shares real challenges young people face as they prepare for the working world.  The show provides opportunities to discover what skills and characteristics their dream job really needs for them to succeed. The seventh season is set to premiere on SABC1 at the end of February. 

National Geographic brings you Homo Naledi: Dawn of Humanity

9:47 AM (2 Days ago) Entertainment
National Geographic Channel (DStv channel 181) airs the ground-breaking and specially made documentary Homo Naledi: Dawn of Humanity on Sunday, 7 February at 20:05.

What does it all meme?

8:42 AM (2 Days ago) Editorial Desk
Memes are the sign posts of digital popular culture. Over time, they have appropriated a space within Internet lore for themselves, and with the world at large constantly producing new frames of reference, they are not going anywhere any time soon.

Nando's welcomes new CMO, Doug Place

16:09 PM (3 Days ago) People on the Move
Nando’s has announced the appointment of Doug Place as chief marketing officer of its Southern Africa business. Place joins Nando’s from Ster-Kinekor Theatres where he has been marketing director since 2011.

What youth trends are in store for 2016?

15:26 PM (3 Days ago) Opinion
It’s that time of the year where the HDI Youth Marketeers team look at the youth trends that we rate will be rocking 2016. So, as Africa’s leading youth market specialists, we sifted through our trendcasts to pick our top six youth trends for 2016. Drag your eyes away from your Insta feed for a moment and take a look at what Reamogetse ‘Gee’ Motsepe and Lara Petersen have to say.

Struik Lifestyle to publish JAN – A Breath of French Air

14:50 PM (3 Days ago) Media News
In March this year, Struik Lifestyle, an imprint of Penguin Random House South Africa, will be publishing Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s new cookbook – JAN – A Breath of French Air. It will also be available in Afrikaans as JAN – My Franse Kosverhaal. The book is a memoir and celebration of the renowned eatery JAN in the south of France.

Tracey Edwards promoted to deputy MD at Ogilvy Johannesburg

14:39 PM (3 Days ago) People on the Move
Managing director of Ogilvy & Mather (O&M) Johannesburg, Alistair Mokoena, has announced the promotion of Tracey Edwards to deputy managing director of the Johannesburg office. 

Diesel decodes digital culture for new campaign

14:31 PM (3 Days ago) Advertising News
Diesel’s spring/summer 2016 campaign comments on our digital culture, its #slogans and the joyful absurdities of our online/offline behaviour.

Henricho Bruintjies signs endorsement deal with Puma

14:13 PM (3 Days ago) Marketing News
PUMA has announced a new partnership with sprinter, Henricho Bruintjies. The 22-year-old South African 100m record holder recently turned professional, and joins PUMA’s exciting portfolio of athletes preparing for the 2016 Olympic Games.

Claire Jackson-Bernardo; more than just a PR pro

13:56 PM (3 Days ago) In Focus
Starting her PR career by doing publicity for Ster-Kinekor, Claire Jackson-Bernardo thought she had found her calling in life. As her life progressed, however, she came to realise that her real passion was lecturing PR and empowering the youth. It’s not one-sided though. For the past seven years, Jackson-Bernardo has drawn inspiration from her students. 

Relebogile Mabotja selected as the musical director for Tecno Own The Stage finale

13:05 PM (3 Days ago) Media News
Multi award-winning Relebogile Mabotja has been selected as the musical director of the upcoming Tecno Own The Stage finale taking place in Nigeria on Sunday, 7 February. 

Operation 45 kicks off at Soweto Derby

11:45 AM (3 Days ago) CSI
Y&R South Africa’s Cape Town office and partners launched the #Operation45 campaign during the Soweto Derby over the weekend, during which two boys received life-changing surgeries to correct their cleft lips. 

NATIVE VML transforms Foschini Group's online shopping experience

11:44 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News
NATIVE VML has transformed The Foschini Group's (TFG) retail offering into a consolidated and unique online shopping experience, where customers visiting any of the group’s individual e-commerce sites can cross shop multiple stores anytime, anywhere and in one shopping basket. They can use their store cards, credit cards and redeem their vouchers using just one platform.

AVATAR wins the Chevron SA account, opens Cape Town office

11:03 AM (3 Days ago) New Accounts
Challenger advertising agency, AVATAR, marked the advent of 2016 by winning a much sought-after account in Cape Town. Following a three-way pitch late last year, AVATAR was awarded the Chevron South Africa account. 

Digital media: What's going to be big in 2016?

10:59 AM (3 Days ago) Opinion
So here we are, 2016. 2015 held some interesting developments in the digital space. We saw the launch of Instagram ads, the rise of programmatic media, Facebook, and Twitter video ads and reach and frequency buying models. So the natural question to ask is, "What are we going to see in 2016?" The MediaShop's associate media director, Richard Lord investigates.

Times Media announces number of key editorial appointments

10:28 AM (3 Days ago) People on the Move
Times Media has announced a number of key editorial appointments within the Group. Financial Mail editor Tim Cohen has been appointed editor of Business Day; Sibusiso Ngalwa as editor of the Daily Dispatch in East London; and Brett Horner as editor of The Herald and Weekend Post in Port Elizabeth. 

Vox Telecom extends digital portfolio with Everlytic acquisition

10:06 AM (3 Days ago) Marketing News
Vox Telecom, an end-to-end technology provider, has concluded a deal that makes it the majority stakeholder in enterprise level cloud tech company, Everlytic.

Nedgroup Investments partners with Airport Ads at Lanseria International Airport

9:45 AM (3 Days ago) Advertising News
Financial institution Nedgroup Investments has commissioned Airport Ads to brand various platforms at Lanseria International Airport, in order to effectively communicate the brand message to an upper income traveller audience.

A conversation with FleishmanHillard’s Kevin Welman (Part 2)

9:30 AM (3 Days ago) In Focus
Kevin Welman has worked in communications with FleishmanHillard for over 20 years, where he has formulated his own views on the industry and its current direction. Now the general manager of its Johannesburg office, Welman spoke to Media Update about the industry’s challenges and why it hasn’t changed as much as some might think.  This is part two of a two part series.

New MD announced for Edelman South Africa

9:21 AM (3 Days ago) New Appointments
Edelman, a leading global communications marketing firm, today announced the appointment of Jordan Rittenberry as managing director of Edelman South Africa. Rittenberry will be based in Johannesburg, which serves as the hub for the Edelman’s work in Africa. 

CN&CO bags Best Business Blog in the SA Blog Awards

8:42 AM (3 Days ago) Awards
The winners of the 2015 SA Blog Awards were announced on Monday, 1 February 2016 and among the big winners for the year were CN&CO, who bagged Best Business Blog

Women and the world of sport publicity

8:40 AM (3 Days ago) Editorial Desk
South Africa is colloquially thought to be a “sports mad” country. Soccer, rugby and cricket, the so-called “Big Three” all occupy significant spaces in local living rooms, dominated by male voices and actors. Do female athletes, whichever their sport, get an equal share of the publicity pie?
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